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Atlantic Tropical Weather – 6/26/2010: Tropical Storm Alex Forms

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As of 5A EDT this morning, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Depression One to Tropical Storm Alex.  A hurricane hunter aircraft found flight-level winds of 46kts and satellite-derived near-surface winds were estimated to be 35kts.  With those two indicators, and given the storm’s organization, the 2010 season’s first tropical storm has officially formed.

Alex’s center is currently located at 17.0N, 85.3W.  His maximum sustained winds are 40mph; moving WNW @ 8mph.  His central pressure is ~1004mb.

Not much has changed for T.S. Alex’s projected track or intensity for the next few days.  He is expected to continue moving WNW to NW over the next three days.  Given his current position – north of Honduras in the western Caribbean – this will take Alex over either Belize or the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  While over land, Alex will weaken back into a Tropical Depression.  The official track forecast has Alex entering the Gulf of Mexico sometime Monday morning, then continuing more or less in the same direction through Wednesday.  Beyond that, the track guidance is still a little split, but a lot more of them keep Alex in the western Gulf than in the eastern Gulf than was the case yesterday.

Once Alex re-emerges over water, he should reintensify from a Tropical Depression back into a Tropical Storm.  Landfall could occur along the Mexican coast later in the week as a Tropical Storm.

In the meantime, Alex is dumping plenty of rain in Central America.  With inches of rain falling per hour in the heaviest rainbands, flash flooding will be the primary threat to residents there.

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4 thoughts on “Atlantic Tropical Weather – 6/26/2010: Tropical Storm Alex Forms

  1. Pingback: Atlantic Tropical Weather – 6/29/2010: Tropical Storm Alex « Weatherdem’s Weblog

  2. I am a 8th grade teacher in NC and came across your site while researching some information about tropical storms for my class this year. I just wanted to thank you first of all for the great information and articles about tropical storms, and second let you know about a site we are putting together for teachers that might have some useful information for your site.

    We would love it if you could write a few articles for us, or link to some of the current articles to help us spread trusted resources to other teachers. I have included a link to the site below in hopes you might want to write some articles for us or link to it.

    Thanks and keep the great resources coming :)

    Bre Matthews

    http://www.thefreeresource.com/how-tropical-storms-begin-resources-and-information

    • Bre-
      I visited your site – nice job! I might be able to write a few articles if you’re still interested. What kind of a time frame are you working in? What kind of articles were you thinking of? Or should I get in touch via The Free Resource?

      Thanks, I’m glad you like my site!

  3. That would be great. Please head to http://www.thefreeresource.com/become-a-writer and fill in your information and I will set up an account for you, or have one of our teachers do it, and send the information along to you. I will also send along the style guides and all for the articles. Basically they can be about almost anything, just need to be credible and have sources to back them. It’s all explained in the information I will send over.

    Thanks
    Bre

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